In John Updike’s “A&P”, the main character Sammy quits his job as a cashier for the A&P grocery store. He doesn’t quite because his job is difficult or his manager treats him negatively. He wants to improve his quality of life and not end up working his whole life there. The quality of life he sees in the girls wearing bathing suits that walked into the store was that of luxury and riches. The store he was working at was dull and monotonous, and he did not want to end up like his store manager Lengel, who was telling the girls they cant wear bathing suits to the A&P.
In the short story “A&P” by John Updike, check out boy Sammy stands up for the “mistreatment” of girls dressed in bikinis who came into the grocery store that he worked at. While practically drooling at the girls as they walked through the aisles, his mind had essentially put them on a silver platter. When his boss told the girls to not come back without some proper clothes on, Sammy quits his job saying to his manager, “You didn’t have to embarrass them.” Sammy’s abrupt decision to quit showed how much he was caught up with the girls, of whom he didn’t even know. After handing back his apron, he ran outside expecting to see the girls waiting for him in order to thank him for standing up for them. Obviously when he got outside, they were long gone.
The story has some bad examples, especially if you are a young reader. “Sammy, you don’t want to do this to your Mom and Dad, (A&P, page 298)”. Here is an example of when Sammy quits because he saw the beautiful woman and now he wants to go hang out with them because he is fed up with his store manager. As a young reader, they might get the idea that Sammy did the right thing, while older readers will argue that the story provides teens with bad examples and thus may cause them to think like Sammy when they encounter such situations. A second example I would add is, “But remembering how he made that pretty girl blush makes me so scrunchy inside (A&P, page 298)”.
Mr Birling is shown to be an arrogant and confident character. With his first line in the extract given he shows a very careless and selfish attitude with the statement 'I discharged her'. Birling gives a cold attitude towards Eva Smith's life and shows that he doesn't care for her, giving himself a more noticeable selfish attitude. Birling decides to not use her name and constantly regards her as 'girl' and the fact he has to think about her time at his business shows that she wasn't important enough to him, and shows that he thinks workers and people below him don't deserve to be called by their names. Birling tries to intimidate Inspector Goole by boasting about his status and the type of people he knows, for example when Birling mentions the engagement between Sheila and Gerald Croft - a name made famous by 'Croft's limited', Birling brings this up to intimate the Inspector as Birling expects his status to buy him away from trouble and put him above the law.
He is totally selfish because only him feel pleasure about having affair with Abigail. “Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before I’ll ever reach for you again.” (Miller, 23) John says this to Abigail because it is the way that John can try to get through and end the relationship between them. John Proctor is coward because his behaviour does not match his words. He said that he does not want to reach Abigail anymore but he keeps talking to her.
He enjoyed the change of scenery they had provided with their presence, but from a moral standpoint, he was neither here nor there. Things quickly took a change for the worse when Lengel confronted Queenie, and Sammy noticed the change in Queenie’s disposition from cool to upset. The unjust treatment of Queenie created an environment that was uncomfortable for Sammy and forced him to make a move, even if it was for the wrong and the wrong choice. Sammy quit his job and didn’t get the recognition from the girls he was so desperately
He gets drunk and cheats on his wife Mrs. Kabelo. At first I feel pity for Jonah because his daughter Sara died. And he wasn’t that bad to the family in the beginning. He used to be really nice to Chanda’s mama and always made her laugh which make someone like Chanda like him. But there’s other ways that made me dislike him also; he steals the money that is for his own daughter’s funeral just so he can go to the Shebeen and get drunk, I don’t understand why won’t he just get a job and use his money instead of the families saving.
5) Leonce never asks Edna how her day is going, or how she is feeling about certain things, yet he expects her to be completely mesmerized with him and his conversations. If Edna doesn't act the way a lady should, it could ruin Leonce's business. The people of the community will look down on him if they know his wife is out of control like he thinks she is. She doesn't take care of the children, she has an artistic pastime that interferes with family duties, and she wants freedom. This could really ruin Mr. Pontellier's
One might believe that the decision he made was selfish, and basically made for no apparent reason. His description of the three girls, the way that Sammy terminated his employment, and making decisions without thinking about his responsibilities are just a few of the reasons as to why Sammy is an immature, foolish, and impulsive young man. “My stomach kind of fell as I felt how hard the world was going to be to me hereafter” (544) shows that Sammy does realize he made a stupid decision, but that he couldn’t do much since “Once you begin a gesture it’s fatal not to go through with it”
It’s certainly more entertaining than creating songs to the sounds of the cash register. He eagerly soaks up every minute of their presence until, climatically, the delinquency is brought to a screeching halt by Lengel. As the manager, he feels a duty to restore boring monotony and order to the store and therefore proceeds to dole out the proper reprimands. Sammy, fueled by hormones, adrenaline and a desire to break free from the mundane, decides to heroically quit his job right there on the spot in protest to the way the girls were treated. Quite different from what he had hoped for, his actions